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Kate Gives Peek Into Kensington Palace During Obama Dinner Party

Friday, April 22, 2016

William, Kate, and Harry hosted the Obamas at their Kensington Palace home tonight. Certainly, everyone wanted a picture of what Kate was wearing, but we got far more than anyone had hoped. The Cambridges gave us our first proper peek into their London sanctuary, and several sweet snaps of the most popular little prince on the planet in his robe and slippers!  



The royal trio met the President and his wife in the courtyard where they briefly posed for pictures despite the rain. Then the party moved inside, where Prince George (and we think Princess Charlotte) were waiting to meet the American guests.



To me, the most exciting aspect of this event was to see the inside of William and Kate's private home. Having followed many varied reports over the years about Kate's taste in décor, I was expecting a mix of traditional and contemporary, which happily is exactly what it turned out to be. The room is classic and gracious, but also trendy. Absolutely what we'd expect from the Duchess.



I have already heard from several of you expressing surprise at how busy the room is, but really this is a very modern twist and relatively low-key. Certainly, she has a beautiful selection of ornate 17th and 18th century pieces, including the chairs, several of her large side tables, and of course the huge paintings and assorted chinoiserie-style vases. I love all of this. To indulge those of us whose hearts beat faster around furniture, some close ups. The table by the piano: (Notice the snap of the young William at the height of his heartthrob days?)


The side-table by the rocking horse looks like the top folds out, and the inlay detail is exquisite:


The large table on the far side of the room probably has a marble top--it is hard to see with the glow of the lamp--but those usually do. I know what you are thinking, did I just stumble off of Jane's blog and onto the Antiques Roadshow's website? You did not; stick with me.



These are just a  few of the classic pieces Kate has, but they are contrasted with the modern coffee tables, the simple book case at the far end of the room, and a host of other modifying touches. Perhaps because the modern elements are muted, they don't jump out, but if you cast your gaze around the room you will see them. The walls are plain with no elaborate papering, the couches are creamy and understated, and the color palette in the room is neutral, relying on the chairs and pillows to add a bright pop. The glow from the many lamps injects warmth and gold into the environment, but it is a far cry from the more ornate styles of the major British homes featured in lavish magazine spreads. This room has flavors of Downton Abbey, but it is a thoroughly 2016 interpretation.



In some respect, we know the room was obviously staged, and this is just one of many rooms in Apartment 1A, but it is still an authentic tip of the hat to Kate's taste. You know that old story that the French judge you by the contents of your bookshelf? Well, in this case it is interesting to look around at the photos that Kate has chosen to display. On the piano is a trio of framed photographs. I am straining my memory to remember when the photo of Kate was taken. I think she is in her mid-20s, but it is just a bit too fuzzy to make out. It seems to the left is a picture of William seemingly in country apparel, and on the far left that seems to be a picture of four people in a Middle Eastern locale. I could be wrong, but it almost looks like pyramids behind them? This is the most intriguing photo to me. Is this a Middleton family photo? Is it from the time Kate's family spent in Jordan? Or is it a more recent trip the family has taken?



I love that Kate has chosen that picture of William which graced the cover of People when William started at St. Andrews. His tussled locks and big blue eyes had earned him "most eligible bachelor" status and it is cute to think that Kate probably looks at that picture and remembers way back in the day when she was one of many girls peeking at People and now that handsome boy is her prince.





The Cambridges had thoughtfully displayed the toy rocking chair that the President and First Lady sent to George when he was born, as well as a stuffed animal that I think is supposed to be Bo, Obama's dog. They didn't let those objects sit by idly. Prince George joined the party to be introduced to the President. His monogrammed robe and little slippers sent Twitter into an absolute meltdown of excitement. 

Kensington Palace 

This was certainly something of a photoshoot for President Obama and for Prince George. Pictures of the future king meeting the out-going President of the United States will make a few history books. Nevertheless, there were some natural moments, including my favorite moment captured during the course of the evening: Prince George's sweet smile during this quiet exchange with his mother. 


Kate was wearing another dress from L.K. Bennett, continuing her trend toward midi-length dresses in silky silhouettes. This is the Addison and is a lot like the Madison she wore to dinner on a private date with William last year. I don't love it. The print reminds me of the prints that were popular when I was in early high-school. Not all throwbacks are great. 



This was a relatively casual affair, but Kate Ritzed it up a little by wearing her tanzanite and diamond pendants first debuted at the Afghanistan service last year. This set was welcomed by mixed reviews at the time, but I like it very much and I think it worked with this ensemble. The blues matched the colors of her dress and it dressed up the ensemble for an evening that, although ostensibly casual, was certainly a high-profile event.


The verdict is so-so. I just don't really like this dress. I like the silhouette, I like the motion the dress has and the diaphanous sleeves. In so many ways it was a great look for an elegant dinner party with the President. The midi-length in particular was good, since hostesses have the prerogative to wear long for evening parties, so I liked that touch. Regrettably, the print is just killing me. In other respects, it was a huge win. Seeing inside  KP was a thrill for this décor enthusiast (sorry for all those zoom in shots!) and getting to see Prince George in his nighties was too precious! Is this Prince George's first official engagement? I think it might be. 


Kate doens't have anything on her calendar right now, but we should be seeing her soon since these next few months are busy ones for the royals. Although she will doubtless take some time in Norfolk to rest after the tour, she will want to get in some charity work before we move toward mid-summer when royal events begin to slow. She will be marking her 5th wedding anniversary next week, and shortly thereafter celebrating Princess Charlotte's first birthday. 

108 comments:

  1. Nice move from the Cambridges to allow George to meet the Obamas.The press should be happy with this.It was cute,memorable and George in his pyjamas adds the relatable feel.
    I liked the Duchess's dress.I thought that the subtle pattern and colours were interesting.However,the added belt detracts from the aesthetic appeal.

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  2. In my opinion, except for the photo by the pyramids, all the other framed photographs were public appearances (her parents on the curb of Westminster, the photo of William used for publicity, the Mario Testino of the boys and their Mummy). To me, they are staged. Since we were getting to see a glimpse into their home, the photos we saw replaced their personal photos. To me it is illogical we didn't see personal photos or any of the children. And for people that have made very clear about the line between duty and privacy, I cannot see why they would decorate a private space with public occasions. My first though when I saw the fuzzy Kate photo was Peter and Autumn's wedding. Anyway, just my two cents and maybe I am completely off base, but I feel like these are not truly the memories that would grace their home.

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    1. Well, keep in mind that many public appearances are still personal memories for them. Also, remember that this is not the inner sanctum, it is a drawing room/reception room and as such is staged just like your living room might be, for entertaining outsiders. So, yes the pictures aren't going to be the snaps of George taking his first bath, or a silly photo of William and Kate on honeymoon, but that doesn't mean that from the kinds of photos that would be appropriate for this space they didn't choose meaningful photos. Also, just like most of the stuff we display in our homes, it is a curated collection of the things you present to others as important.

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    2. I agree with Jane - staged/decorated for the use of the room. I expect this is a room we will see more photos of as the Cambridges take on more official duties with prominent people. So they will frame photos that they are okay with close people and "strangers" seeing. Also, I suspect this room isn't used often.

      You know Williams distant cousin who married the American actress? They went to te Cambridge apartment for tea....makes me think this is the kind of room they'd only be granted access to (other than a washroom maybe). Anyway just my guess with people you don't fully trust. ~ A

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    3. Thank you Anon! I did not articulate myself all that well with my first post. They are important moments and that is not disputed. Just that personally, I am sure there are lots of private photos from their wedding day that might be more special. I had not given ample thought to the room and it uses. I notice now there doesn't appear to be television. So this is a "formal" reception room, but the family has another more personal family space. I feel like these photos reflect that invisible boundary. Family photos that don't quite let us all the way into their world.

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    4. I have to agree with Kailaa, I don't think for a moment these are the photos usually on display in their home. Just doesn't make sense to me, sorry Jane! They knew the WH photographer would be coming in and that the photos would be scrutinized to death by people like me/us (!) and this was staged, no doubt about it. I don't think William and/or Kate have changed their views on privacy that dramatically!

      Love George of course, but oh Kate, that dress. It's just blah, and I know it's likely an optical illusion, but the way the belt rides up combined with the way she holds her hands makes her look several months pregnant in some pics. And when she's sitting next to Mrs. Obama there's no shape or bustline, just not flattering at all.

      I think it's too daytime for this event, the thin necklace doesn't work and please buy some evening shoes! Sorry for being so negative. But for such an important dinner date I thought something a little more sleek and sophisticated. When I think of what else she could have chosen from her vast wardrobe! Oh well.
      Big fashion miss for me, luckily everyone focused on George meeting the President!

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    5. I do ADORE the room. The décor is perfect.

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    6. Anon 3:20 I think you're referring to Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Michael being the Queen's first cousin. He is about William's age, a little older, and also grew up at KP and played with William regularly. He still attends all the Queen's family functions.

      So pretty patronizing "washroom" remark, I doubt he'd be restricted to which room he could enter in an apartment he's probably been to many, many times before throughout his life. He's very much a low key family man. And Kate would surely have more manners than to treat one of William's cousins like that.

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    7. Anon 3:38 ~ I agree that the belt placement and dress style made her look pregnant. But based on the India/Bhutan photos we know (or at least I assume) she isn't :-) Although, one could argue it's a great "buffet" outfit and she planned on having a hearty dinner with dessert and drinks. LOL.

      Anon 4:12 maybe I am wrong, but neither you and I can accurately speculate on William's relationship and trust level with Frederick and his wife. That was just my potential guess. I do stand by that William and Kate would have SOME guests that they would restrict access to in their home. Some that would only see this carefully curated view into their personal lives.

      ~ A

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    8. Jane is absolutely correct.

      After Diana's death, Paul Burrell wrote two books and included photos of her dressing room and a close up of her writing desk. Very personal space indeed! Well, on the wall in the dressing room and on her desk, there were "official" photos of her and W&H. I would fully expect the Cambridge's home to include some of this as well. And I don't see anything "staged" about it. Also, the word "staged" can imply phony and I don't care for the potential implication.

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    9. I am with you royalfan.

      I wish we could just have a nice post without some going off in this direction. As you may recall I left another blog we all read because of the increasingly negative vibe. I know Jane will not allow that to happen here. I don't think anything was "staged"...at least in the way that some of the press and some posters seem to imply.

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    10. Regarding "staged" I don't think we can assume we all use the same definition Royalfan and Diane. I used it above, but I do not see myself as negative or implying phony. You can stage your house to sell it. There are some people we invite over to our house and I consider what I do as staging the house (for a variety of reasons and in different ways). It's all about what you want to put forward and allow people to "see" of you in your most private setting. Or thinking to put a gift out from the people who are coming over. I'm not even implying that they overhauled the room, just that you can take certain things into account and make small tweaks. No need to assume the worse in a word :-)

      ~ A

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    11. I used the word "staged" too (below) but I did use it in quotes. I think "carefully decorated" is probably more accurate.

      I do not believe any of these photos make Kate look pregnant! What an interesting comment.

      I also agree with you, royalfan, about the "official" photos. They are familiar photos. We must remember, however, that official photos were taken at the request of the royal family by a chosen photographer. We all do the same with our families but we don't have (or need) to release a select few to the public. Diana loved her Testino photos and had them scattered throughout in the photos we've seen in the past.

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    12. Understood ladies. My objection to the word staged had more to do with the idea that something was amiss, and not "carefully decorated". :)

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    13. Staged or unstaged, inner sanctum or outer reception room-I agree with Jane in that it reveals another layer of what is Kate/Catherine and I greatly enjoyed the room and the occasion.
      Her dress looks like it feels soft to wear and silky to touch, as the skirt flows
      gracefully around her. Her little ones (and William) must enjoy that, too.
      I don't believe evening footwear was required as a hostess. Also, look outside the
      window-it is full daylight.Between George's bedtime and the possible need for the Obamas to climb aboard AF One for the journey home yet that evening-it was an early
      dinner.

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    14. I too understand ladies. But again I meant as royalfan stated that there was an implication on my very humble opinion that something was 'off' or 'a fast one was pulled' or that they didn't really let us into their world and as royalfan stated "amiss".

      I am fully aware of how places are staged for selling of a home etc. I just don't think that Kate purposely put out pictures and then took them away to make it appear to be their 'real' home. It might not be where they put thwork feet up at night but it is their home and I do not believe it was 'staged' or 'decorated' to deceive or hide the real apt.

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    15. It was reported that they arrived for dinner at 7:15 for dinner. Britain, like Canada, being in a northern latitude means ample daylight in spring and summer. Sunset is not until after 8 and we continue to get later sunsets until the summer solstice. Where I live is daylight until 10pm in summer. Additionally, the Obama's remained in London for other engagements.

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    16. @Diane Brown. I never meant to imply it wasn't their home. I believe we saw the room exactly how it is. The only "staging" was perhaps replacing personal photographs with others from public events. I certainly didn't intend to instigate dissention over whether the room was faked. I do not believe this to be the case. Obviously this was their home. But do I think it is possible they replaced private moments with other photographs? Absolutely. They value privacy which has been made abundantly clear. What if a photograph had been of Kate holding George shortly after birth from a hospital bed. There is no chance they would have allowed that to be publicised. I don't think they were malicious or sneaky in this "staging" ( I hesitate to use that word now since people are all in a fizzy about it). I simply felt that this is a formal reception room, and welcoming world leaders into such a room will not include pictures of Prince George in the bathtub. I never meant to cause such a ruckus.

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    17. 7:15 Is early dinner in their world.
      What other engagements that night? All the more reason for an early dinner.
      I didn't realise their departure time was published. I'm pretty sure he had
      wound up his diplomatic business that day, from what I read.
      Obviously, we have different sources.

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    18. Having photographs suitable for public viewing in a room planned for reception,
      outside family living quarters is acceptable.
      Saying that photos were switched out in order to remain private seems to be what
      you said and is what commenters took issue with. It carries implications and
      makes assumptions.
      Sometimes it is best to either apoplgise or stand by what one said.
      To deny it was said insults your fellow reader's intelligence.

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    19. I sincerely doubt that the photos in this room were/are switched when they entertain. Every single one of them has a personal significance to the couple, yet they are appropriate for this more formal setting. Somehow I cannot imagine a more intimate photo, such as one of Kate in a hospital bed after giving birth, displayed on a grand piano. This room and everything in it is consistent with C&D's KP apartment.

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    20. Jennifer from the SouthApril 25, 2016 at 8:19 AM

      Yes all the pictures were staged and very carefully selected. It was almost a way to thumb their nose at the access granted - here is our room but you will get nothing of the "real" Cambridges. All photos were ones we public are all too familiar with, even the Egypt one of the Middletons, which has been leaked or released previously.

      So, we have - very popular and famous pictures of Diana and her boys, famous official photo of William, Carole and Mike and The Wedding, Middletons in Egypt, Kate at Laura Lopes' wedding, and William hunting. The pictures show the total control that they want to exhibit over their image - no further access than is absolutely necessary for the purpose.

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    21. On some sites,they're saying the press would not have had access to the photographs
      inside Apartment 1A
      if the official WH photographer had not posted them. William and Catherine are
      given absolutely no credit.
      I gotta tell you-there is no way those photos would have been released without
      at least their knowledge and consent.It was likely a cooperative effort.
      This notion seems to have popped up to shore up the talking points of the
      William-hates-the-press-and- refuses-access and now privacy-loving camp. Now that the couple have opened up their home, there is pressure to show private quarters. I wonder if the next demand will be access to their bedroom?
      The example of HM's sitting room at Windsor is given. That room truly is staged. One photo I saw had pictures turned in odd directions, magazines and print papers displayed on a table,showing names - Hello was on top. ha! It is
      a film set or a stage. Since none of the European royals old enough to have his own home is at William's position- in the BRF I have yet to see any other member reveal his private rooms. Diana tried to appease the press with those piano photos.
      Each time the various talking points
      have been proven false (e.g. work-shy-not really-count up the activities, both photographed and not) the litany is amended and another fault is found.
      The Cambridges once again have yielded to the media and how is it received by the
      most vocal of the royal writers? Denial, discounting, and down-grading. I honestly
      don't see the point in trying to appease the few when the public so overwhelmingly
      approved of the photos.


      By the way- Public pictures for public/reception rooms.Makes perfect sense. No nose-thumbing.

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    22. 2:47, I agree with every word you have written. Every step of the way, the criticism of W&K is tweaked to adjust to the current circumstances. The "approval" is withheld similar to dangling a bone in front of a dog and raising it higher and higher the more the poor animal jumps. W&K are not a circus act, they are not members of a reality television program. There is a reason things are (or are not) being done a certain way.


      The pettiness of the press has continued despite the very successful tour, the Queen's birthday celebrations, and a significant first...W&K hosting a foreign leader in their home AND sharing photos (including a few of George). I wouldn't be surprised if their most ardent critics did not follow the BRF during the 80's & 90's because the photos of A1 are consistent with C&D's KP apartment, and likewise for the framed photos on display. Take a look at similar royal coverage and you will see both official photos and those that are more personal, yet benign in nature. Nothing new here.


      I too believe the coverage of Friday evening was a cooperative effort with the WH asking for permission, KP granting it, and with clear terms agreed upon between both sides. And once the WH photographer had the green light, I can understand KP deciding to stick with the one photographer and minimizing the intrusion into their home, especially if it was their intent to include George.


      Here too, there have been cries for them to release photos of George (we got them!), AND to introduce him to his future role (I'd say having him meet a US president at 2+ years of age qualifies!).


      The more criticism I see directed at everything W&K do, the more I believe they need to remain calm and carry on. The should stay true to themselves and the more involved and successful they become in their roles, the sillier and more transparent the never-ending criticism becomes.

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    23. royalfan-I added a remark on your 4:25 comment. Blogger would not let me post here
      yesterday. It is way down in the gold table discussion.
      anon 2:47

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  3. WHAT an amazing occasion! This whole event knocked me out. The apartment is PERFECT! I love the combination of luxurious classic, historical furniture, molding, etc and modern color, pop pieces and coziness! Everyone looked like old friends having dinner, so relaxed and fun. George stole the show. And President Obama really brought it out of him because Obama is SO good with children. With everyone, actually. He is such a gentleman and a cool guy and a great dad himself. Michelle looked almost impeccable. She really glows and shines with beauty and mostly GREAT style! Her dress and coat were beautiful and a little bit reminiscent of what Kate wore when they first met. A form-fitting mocha-colored dress. Michelle's shoes were amazing. The only problem I had with Michelle's ensemble was that it was a tad bit short - when you sit on the couch you don't want half your thigh showing. She was sitting appropriately of course, but it still looked slightly uncomfortable. Kate on the other hand is too covered up. I really do not like this dress, it overwhelms her with that print, the midi length, the volume, the long sleeves...and I hate the belt with it. Too thick, too wide, too "cloth-y" looking. Something slim and leather would have looked better, but really the dress is a miss IMO. I don't love the jewelry set either, IMO it looks very dated, like something you'd get as a fake from a discount store. However, it does take this dress to another level and was a great way to wear it, if one must. lol. Kate is incredible I hate to criticize anything she does because she is so much more than her outfits. But on that subject, I wish she would get out of this matronly-high-necked-long-sleeved-maxi mode. Too much lace as well. Wish she would get back to sophisticated/cute/fitted pieces. That doesn't say exactly what I mean, but probably others will understand. Thanks to both William and Kate for releasing these WONDERFUL pics!!!! :)

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  4. Anna of My Small Obsessions seems to have found the photo of Kate on display. She shared it on twitter - https://twitter.com/AnnieElizabethN/status/723627156564267008 - hopefully the link works :)

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    1. Is that William's head in the background? If so, it may lend to why they loved this close-up of Kate.
      ~ A

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    3. Thank you, Phyl.

      It's my turn to say "ha!"...this photo was one of my guesses! :)) And yes, that is William in the background.

      Believe it or not, this is one of my favorite fascinators from Kate's collection. It was soft and feminine.

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  5. I usually agree with you 100%, Jane, but I disagree about this dress. I love everything about it! I enjoyed the Fug Girls' assessment, when they noted that each lady seemed to be taking style tips from one another. Mrs. Obama usually wears rich colors and interesting patterns, while Kate typically sticks to a more neutral palette. I loved it! Fashion diplomacy at its best!
    And I also believe that the playdate in New Zealand counted as George's first official engagement--don't you? Certainly meeting President Obama is his first state function. In any case, SO SO SO adorable!!!
    -TMM

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    1. Agreed; I love this dress!! I would own it and wear it myself.
      ~ A

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    2. Agree and agree TMM 2:32. Good observation-" fashion diplomacy."
      The two could easily have switched outfits and no one would have noticed anything amiss. In fact, it might have seemed more appropriate to some.

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  6. Great post as always Jane! I have been waiting for this since last night. I love furniture, too and hers is so beautiful. Do you think the rocking horse is out all the time or just for this event?

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    1. I'll bet the rocking horse is usually in the nursery. It is good etiquette to put it out for their guests, however. With party planning in Kate's background I'm sure she is a very good hostess!

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    2. I believe it was in honor of their guests, as Robin stated. A gracious gesture and one that is greatly appreciated (a concept that was like an Air Force One "whoosh" over the heads of my in-laws!). ;))

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    3. I think that rocking horse isn't your usual Toys R Us item. It looks 19th Century,
      at least. Would like to know its history.
      Somehow I think George would have preferred a ride in AF One. Imagine William in
      That cockpit!
      Of course it was set out as both a courtesy and a conversational focal piece/
      ice breaker. And, I suppose, photo-op. It is a uniting object that brings them
      all together.

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    4. Supposedly the rocking-horse was made from a tree cut down at the WH. It has the presidential seal on it and was made recently.

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    5. Thanks lizzie-but perhaps modeled after a rocking horse of a previous WH child? I've seen this type and design in illustrations associated with the 18th-19th Century.
      It may live in the royal archives, not the nursery Just borrowed for the occasion.
      It looked to me George was not familiar with it, but there rally was not enough footage to judge.

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    6. You could be right about that Anon. It also looks like a carousel horse from an earlier time. I haven't read where the maker got his/her inspiration. I also don't know if these were produced in quantity for the Obamas to give as gifts.

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  7. Loved the decor. So natural but formal enough to entertain important people like the Obamas! I agree with others that these are not the most intimate photos we could have seen, but its understandable especially if the Cambridges plan to use this drawing room to entertain guests. They know it will be a "public-ish" room, and so have balanced some of their favorite albeit famous photos. I'm sure there is another den or family room that they use as more of their own.

    Obviously it was lovely to see George in his natural element. He looked so adorable in his PJs, and I'm sure the Obamas charmed him as much as he charmed them! Rebecca English and many other British media were angry that they weren't allowed inside. But I don't think the moment would have been as special, or as natural, had there been a press pack inside KP. We all heard the constant snapping in video footage of the tour. Who wants that in their house, with their 2 year old who is about to go to bed? I thought it was very immature of Rebecca and other journalists who tweeted negatively about not having access. Get over yourselves!

    Rant over....It was a lovely evening overall! Don't love Kate's dress either. But, this is obviously a look and style she feels comfortable in, which is the most important.

    Can't wait to see her schedule fill up again, even if its just a few engagements in May!

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    1. I was Obamas press people who was taking the photos. I am glad the Nevis was not allowed inside of their personal space.

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      "It" and "media"

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  8. I agree the dress pattern is off putting. I also do not understand why she chose to wear the necklace when the pattern of her dress was already so busy. At first glance you don't even notice the necklace. The earrings were a good choice. Overall though not one of my favorite outfits. But a peek inside their home was fascinating. And I love the pictures of a little prince meeting the president of the U.S. in what is basically a hotel robe.

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    1. Another blogger mentioned that the necklace and earrings were a gift from Harry and that's why she wore them. If so, a lovely gesture. In the final photo, with Kate leaning back, she is completely overwhelmed by her dress--if photos add ten pounds, she is really tiny.

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    2. Harry? How sweet if it's true. And sooo not surprising that Kate would choose this occasion to wear it.

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    3. What an expensive gift for a brother in law to give. They say that set cost 8,400 pounds. That is around give or take $16,000 US dollars. Yes he has the money but still a little costly.

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    4. I had not heard that about the jewelry being a gift from Harry but I love it! And, very nice that Kate is wearing it. They are quite the trio. I hope Harry finds a wife that fits right in with them!

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    5. I would doubt Harry gave it. I just can not imagine a brother givings his brothers wife jewelry as a present. That frankly is just not done.

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    6. I read of a tie-in to President Obama and his efforts to end the war in Afghanistan.
      We first saw the set at the Afghanistan service- 2014? Hope to see that whole
      outfit again next Fall. (hint, hint Cambridges)
      Amazing all the different stories in circulation about one thing and none
      apparently varified.
      Sometimes fiction is a whole lot more interesting than fact.

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  9. The photo of Kate is from Laura Parker-Bowles' wedding.

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  10. I think we were all pleasantly blindsided by both the interior shots and PG in his jammies. Two treats at once! Blow up all the interior shots you want, Jane. If there is one thing I enjoy better than clothing, it is home interior. Does everybody think the hexagonal piece is an ottoman or a coffee table covered with a padded slipcover to protect tiny heads?

    As for the dress, I'm bemoaning the end of the tour because I'm not finding it at all attractive or interesting. As a matter of fact, the color and pattern reminds me of my six year old's betta named Bubbles. Yup, definitely Bubbles' scales were the inspiration for that dress but I don't care because we got a look inside 1A and PG being cuter than ever. Does not trump Mia Tindall with Granny's purse, however :-)

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    1. The hexagonal piece is definitely an ottoman. Very traditional. If we didn't know what a traditional girl Kate is by now (and how could we not) her choices of furniture and accessories in this room really prove it.

      I don't know . . . Prince George in his PJs and Mia Tindall with Granny's handbag are right up there together for me! Mia has certainly made herself a more household name than before with that adorable photo! I'll bet the whole family has had a good chuckle at that!

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    2. The padded ottoman could be a constructed piece for this room, Faith. But I doubt either child spends any time in this room so I don't think it's padded for that reason. Even if many of the glass-framed pictures that appear in the room are staged, other things about this room just scream "not child-proof!"


       BTW other articles have suggested the demilune tables were Diana's as were a set of lamps.

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    3. Faith, I agree, this was a very pleasant surprise! I don't have an issue with the dress and thought it was a fine choice for entertaining at home. Dressy enough, but somehow subtle in spite of the pattern.

      Regarding the peek inside KP. I believe this is their "formal" living room and, although it isn't very childproof, I am reminded of my aunt's thoughts on the subject ... child proofing should be combined with house proofing (i.e... children should be taught to respect their surroundings). :)

      As far as the décor is concerned, like Jane, I expected to see formal mixed with contemporary. This is elegant and cozy at the same time.

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    4. Agree, Royalfan. We have a formal living room without a television and not terribly child friendly and a family room. Nothing to the degree of this room but it was clearly designed to be a space for grown ups visiting before heading out for the evening or going into the dinning room etc. They may even have a less formal living room to sit with family and good friends as well as a true child friendly family room. When I grew up we had a room that was a kids play space only. All the toys etc. stayed in there. ali

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    5. I don't know if the demilune tables were Diana's but I'm sure the bombe chest was. If I had to guess, I think this room is furnished with things that have been in storage for their use. The sofas are probably new or recovered.

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    6. I am in total agreement, royalfan, that childproofing is combined with teaching the 'do not touch' rule. I did not childproof my home. I didn't put really expensive pieces at child level but I didn't clear the tables or only use unbreakable items either. My daughter is teaching her children the same way.

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    7. Training children vs changing all one's decor to "kiddie level"is certainly reasonable. But taking into account what we've heard directly from W&K about their kids  (naughty, active monkey, both kids running around all the time but no broken bones yet) I still doubt they have access to this room! White/cream upholstery,  some spindly tables, sharp edges on glass furniture, bottles of alcohol, lots of carefully placed framed pictures close to table edges...I doubt at their ages either child is in this room much. And really, why would they be if this is not a "family area" but is a room mainly for  public receptions and work responsibilities? And they are usually at Amner Hall anyway?

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    8. All the palaces have "State rooms" used for receptions, dinners and other official events. There is probably a dining room too and if you remember, this apartment has a second kitchen---much criticized at the time. It is reported that staff from Buckingham Palace did the cooking. Most of the stately homes have state rooms too, but they were meant for entertaining royalty. I doubt we will ever see their personal room and why should we?
      I liked this dress; it was elegant and the length is very fashionable at the moment. I know because I am not very tall and everything in the shops is much too long for me.
      It's a good length for sitting on low settees, as I am sure Mrs Obama realized.
      George was of course gorgeous and so well behaved. I think that photo will be cropping up when George is 90.

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    9. Lizzie, the children may not spend the *majority *of their time in this room, but they do need to learn somewhere given their visits to "Gan Gan". :)

      Jean, that photo of George WILL be cropping up for years to come!

      I also believe Kate's dress was an ideal length given that they were to be photographed in this setting. If we saw the royal knees, surely there would be a royal uproar over it. :)

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    10. I keep thinking that white couch resembles the one of the George and Charlotte
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  11. Hi Jane,
    I totally agree with you on the dress. After all the amazing, modern, classy looks we got on the tour this just feels like a let down!
    I think the picture of Kate is from Laura Parker-Bowles wedding. The feathery headpiece looks the same, as does the high v-neck of the coat.
    Richard Palmer tweeted that according to a royal source, Charlotte was asleep by the time the Obamas reached Kensington, so it was just George that they met!
    The last picture of George on the rockimg horse with Kate clapping is just amazing! William and George just look at her with so much love. They are such a lovely happy family!
    A lot of pictures make it look like Kate may be pregnant again...the way she stands just makes me wonder? :)

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    1. Yes, Laura's wedding! I was thinking Peter and Autumn's wedding but she wore pink and black to that. I could picture the feathered fascinator but with the wrong occasion.

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  12. Jane don't apologize for the zoomed in photos as I wanted to see them!! So cool to see what they think are worth framing.

    Tanzanite is a stone that can look pink, purple or blue depending on the light and what it's worn with. I think that makes this jewelry set perfect for this outfit, and I loved seeing this set again. Disappinted though that no India/Bhutan outfit featured jewels of this caliber/cost (or greater).

    Of course, George was adorable and seeing another glimpse of Kate's home decor preferences was a treat.

    ~ A

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  13. I like the colors on Kate. The style is OK, I guess, kind of ho-hum ordinary IMO for an expensive dress (supposedly abt $800) but is  again a style too short-waisted on Kate. I wonder too how the belt stays up placed so high (unless it's really tight) as it seems it would slide down to her natural waist. Maybe Kate is ahead of the fashion curve but I am not sure about constant midi wear. Still, at least she can sit down without the skirt riding way up which is not something we can say for Michelle! I think the jewelry is too delicate for this boho-type print and would have preferred one of the pairs of earrings from the India trip (but not the Temple of Doom pr please!)


    I liked seeing George but do have mixed feelings about seeing him  trotted out for a photo op. And does he really wear a bathrobe and if he does, a white one? And slippers? A bit unusual for a child under 3 in my experience. Maybe it's  "for company events" sleepwear? Personally I think it was silly to have the Obamas' gift to George from when Charlotte was born (stuffed dog) just laying around in the otherwise spotless room. When riding the rocking-horse George seems to be asking Kate "Is this right mummy?" and in neither picture does he put his feet on the foot rests so I wonder how often he's seen that gift too. A bit heavy-handed IMO. Better to just have the horse in the room unridden and let the WH reporters mention it (since it does have the presidential seal on it).


    The decor is fine.  I didn't find it amazing but I am a bit weary of the mostly monochromatic neutral look in home decor. I do think the room would be improved with different lighting. All the lamps seem quite similar and all are almost the same height. Some working scones higher up might help. I understand why they don't have the children's pictures displayed since this is a "public" room. Seems a little odd to me though that they have so many photos of themselves displayed (not the ones with family but the single shots.. I am curious, do most people do that?) Wonder also if there is a picture of HM?

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    1. Lizzie ~ regardless of how often George uses those gifts, I thought it was thoughtful to have them out. It shows that they didn't turn around and donate the gifts, or have them in storage forgetting who they came from. I think it was an attempt to show the history of their relationship/friendship. Honestly, I've been known to do this with gifts from a particular friend or family member when they come over. Or say, where a particular piece of clothing or accessory when I see the person who gifted it. It can be argued that it appears like you're trying to hard, but personally I see it as: I still have it, I remember you gave it to me, and see me put it to use. If I was the Obamas, as contrived as I may have judged the situation to be, would have also appreciated the effort.

      ~ A

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    2. I agree Anon/A that's why they did it. I've done as you have and made sure to try to use gifts when the gifter visits. I'm sure we all have. But this seems WAY too contrived. After all, there are no other children's toys in sight and here is this black stuffed dog right in the middle of the very large ottoman. And if the stuffed dog had really been played with for nearly a year, it would not have looked brand-new. So to me it's just a bit weird.

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    3. Lizzie, you raised several points I was thinking of, myself. Thank you. About the constant midi wear, I have noticed that, in the past, when Kate finds a style which works she will wear it to death--a good example of that is her footwear: suede and yet more suede; knee-high boots--suede, of course--; espadrilles. She has yet to learn the art of mixing it up, and this is where a full-time or even a part-time year-round stylist could help. At the present time, it would appear that she only has access to an untrained stylist when planning a tour.

      I, too, have to fight between loving to see pics of George and hating that he is used for photo-ops, altho, thankfully, not as often, nor as blatantly as Princess Estelle of Sweden. Personally, I think that less is more, that royal kids should not be used to promote the *brand*. If the brand needs help, then help the parents to improve themselves, but don't drag the kids into it.

      Regarding the rocking-horse, I had the feeling that this might well have been Georges first encounter with it, that Mummy was the only person in the room with the sense to quietly instruct George as to its use. At any rate, what came through, IMO, was the strong connection between George and Kate; they seemed to forget everyone else and concentrate on the task at hand, and when George succeeded, both were delighted. Now thats a pic that deserves framing!

      As for the decor, I have a slightly different take. This room reminded me very much of my parental home, and my stepmom had exquisite taste. I fell in love with it--thought it was elegant, yet comfortable, that it said: Welcome! You're right about the lighting tho--a few discreet ceiling lights and a few less lamps would not have gone amiss.

      My thoughts on the photos are simple: too many! Reduce, rotate and renew. Avoid clutter and go for clean lines. And for Gods sake, don't add a little collectable here and there, just like the Queen, just like Charles. Go for sleek.

      Have to say tho, that overall, this room impressed me; sure, Kate might have hired a decorator, but she chose the decorator, and no decorator worth their salt works without close consultation with their client--a good decorator simply facilitates his/her clients wishes; they know how to source materials, furnishings, etc. So, given Kate's age and peculiar situation, she did a stellar job. This is a room which will stand the test of time; it has STYLE!

      JC

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    4. Lizzie, I'd call it more training than trotting. :) They don't always get credit for it, but I do believe W&K are introducing George to the reality of royal life.

      And ~A, I agree with your take on gifts and showing appreciation.

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    5. Perhaps George carried it into the room and it was placed on the ottoman, or it was elsewhere in the room and Catherine or William picked it up and said to the Obamas we wanted to thank you for the stuffed animal and the rocking horse you gave George. The Obamas may have had no idea what had been sent on their behalf. They send out tons of gifts and cards most of which are standard gifts, i.e. very many rocking horses with the presidential seal have been sent and tons of the dogs to friends, dignitaries, hospitals etc. This way Catherine and William were able to thank them for the gifts while reminding them what they had given, less awkward. I really doubt that the dog was on the Ottoman when everyone entered. Just my guess of course. I also found Georges attire typical of what my boys wore on their way from the bath to the bed. They had PJs and cotton robes and slippers. Yes going straight from the bath to bed might mean you only need your PJs but most of us if greeting anyone outside our bedroom put a robe on over our Pjs. No way to know how much George has played with either gift. But given his families love of horses I suspect he received plenty of rocking horses.

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    6. The gift definitely shows appreciation and is the height of good manners when hosting someone in your home. The stuffed dog was a little strange just flopped in the middle of the ottoman but not offensive. The lighting is probably fine for the visit but not for photography. Since W&K are unlikely to invite a photographer into their home, and the Obamas only let an official WH photographer take photos of these occasions, it is likely that the photographer was not using flash and was riding a fence between none (W&K) and all (Obama).

      As for George being part of it all, I think royalfan has it right that he is learning. We also have no idea what the WH requested. The Obamas may have asked if they could see George. It being bedtime, W&K didn't go so far as to postpone the routine but let him stay up a little late.

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    7. Agree the Obamas could have asked but if so, it seems a bit rude!

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    8. I find it a bit ridiculous to decide George has not seen the toy horse before. He is only two years old! They don't usually remember when you said "no" 1 hour ago!

      I sincerely doubt that such a beautiful and diplomatically important toy is a normal feature in the playroom/nursery! I believe the horse has been a part of the Royal Childhood exhibition (I could be wrong). Do you see how tall the toy is? How uncompromising the material is? I would not even turn my back to a two year old on that toy. What good is a playroom if a two year old needs to be watched like a hawk to be sure they are not injured by a toy in the room?!

      Of course it was "staged" and "placed". This is etiquette 101! It seems I lived a "fake" or "staged" childhood when my parents asked I wear gifted clothing or bring gifted toys to see friends and family members.

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  14. Jane you answered my prayers! I was dying to read an analysis of Kate's beautiful home style by a fellow decor enthusiast and I'm thrilled by how you did it! I don't agree with the others that this room is busy at all. I found it the perfect balance between elegant and homey. What a treat! I love the candle burning on one of the side tables-such a sweet comfortable touch. I was VERY surprised that we got such an intimate peek into Will and Kate's home but was truly shocked (but delighted!!!) that they seemed so relaxed about George's parcipation in front of cameras and in his sweet little nighties no less. Bravo! I hope Will and Kate will continue with this relaxed attitude towards family access. This truly was the perfect balance:)

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  15. I have many family photos up in my home, but would find it weird to display a framed photo of just me. This makes me think it was totally staged, as someone mentioned above. Thanks for this post, Jane.

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  16. Jane, thank you so much for your posts. Even thought your blog posts may be appear after some of the buzz, I want you to know how much I look forward to them. After reading about the hype from other sources, you still surprise me with your insights. This is why I come back to your blog. You've got great insight. Don't give up, even if you can't keep up with the whirling pace:)

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! It is pretty busy here as we approach the close of the semester. It disappoints me not to be better on time, but hopefully it will only happen a few more times and then I should be back on track in the future. Thanks for sticking with me despite the bumps. :)

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    2. Sonja from BavariaApril 23, 2016 at 3:57 PM

      Agree with everything you said, Sarah! I have not seen anither blog where the photos or furniture were analyzed so exactly. And Jane, your posts are definitely worth waiting for in case they are bot up immediately after an engagement! There's time difference, and of course all the stress at law school! How is it going, when does the semester end? :)

      Thanks a lot for writing my favourite Kate blog! And good luck for your exams!

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    3. I agree also Jane don't worry about keeping up with the whirling pace as when you do get to post your voice is unique and refreshing and chatty and interesting perspective! I enjoy it. Don't burn out over anything. Good work.
      Theresa
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    4. Oh Jane you do not need to say your sorry for posting late. You are a busy student and we are blessed to have this great blog.

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    5. Ditto everyone else, Jane. I don't even read the other blogs. I look at the photos in the papers and read articles online but yours is the only blog worth reading. Good luck with the close of the semester!

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    6. Jane, I'll echo Theresa's lovely remarks.
      I've said it before, I'll say it again-you're well worth the waiting for.

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  17. Sonja from BavariaApril 23, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    So excited to get a sneak peek into their Kensington Palace home! The furniture and decoration are exquisite and just as I imagined. Kate has a great taste.

    Re the photos : I guess you are right about the pyramids in the background... maybe a holiday of William, Kate, Mike and Carole?
    I think the photo of Kate was from Peter and Autumn's wedding but I'm not 100% sure.

    George: cuteness overload! He is so adorable in his dressing gown and pyjamas! I am so delighted we were treated with this rare insight. He is such a handsome little man, those cheeks!

    I also think the print of the dress was a bit too busy, especially to pair it with her exquisite jewelry. But I didn't really like Michelle 's dress either sooo... :)

    Wow, George got to meet his 1st POTUS of many (in his cute dressing gown and PJs!) and we got a glimpse of Kate's interior taste. What a successful evening!

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  18. I will stick to the positive here and ignore the rest...

    I don't think Kate's dress is that bad. We got a little spoiled while they were in India but this dress seems a perfect choice for an evening event at home on a rainy day. The pattern doesn't offend me although I was surprised it was so similar to the other dress she'd worn before. I think the addition of the jewelry made her look royal without being obvious. Correct me if I'm wrong but this isn't a state event. I think only the Queen can host those.

    The furniture! It makes my little heart sing! I love the combo of the old and the new. The complete mixture of styles with the rococo half moon tables, the Italian inlaid table (possibly a game table), the bombe chest, and the lucite end table - all put together it is a very traditional British manor house style. It is also a very British style to have loads of family photographs on several surfaces in a room. I trend more toward French Country style in my own home but I do love the comfortable clutter of a squishy English sitting room. As to the "staged" nature of this room, I don't doubt that for a minute. Since this is a reception room it is not going to highlight their most personal possessions. Much as we, here in America, decorate our formal living rooms completely different from our family rooms. The photos chosen in this room show their guests highly recognizable events. Not all who are invited in would resist the temptation to gossip about what they see so I believe they've gone the safe route in this room. Anyone who thinks this room is too busy never saw Diana's style. She decorated very much in the Laura Ashley style with lots of wallpaper and flowers - as most of us did in the 80s.

    I love that Harry joined them and made it a family event. Prince George is the icing on the cake in these photos! His little jammies, robe, and slippers are too cute! He is already learning how to shake hands properly and couldn't be more adorable! The intimate moment with Kate is so sweet. Possibly that moment when he had to be gently told that it was time to get off the rocking horse and go with Nanny Maria.

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  19. Alexandra from CanadaApril 23, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Hi Jane, thank you for the great post! I actually love this dress...I love the length, the flow, even the crazy pattern. It was very appropriate.

    I emailed you about this, but I am just in shock over the decor of their apartment! For some reasons I really imagined it being less busy and much less formal. I do take your very good point that it is a living room/drawing room...and we all have one room like this. When you compare the decor to the other Kensington Palace apartments (where we see Wills/Kate/Harry meeting the press or guests) is more in line with what I thought their place would look like. The space is more classic royal and far less busy. I looked up photos of other royal residences and you are right, this is 1A is considered more "muted". It still doesn't make me love it.

    We may never see more of 1A then these rooms but I hope we get more glimpses over the years. Or maybe even Anmer Hall....dare I dream...:)

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  20. Ditto, I love it when we see William, Catherine and Harry all together "working". I think William and Kate really include Harry as much as possible in their lives and work, and I hope that he settles down with a girl/lady that genuinely gets along well with William and Kate. Although I hope Harry follows his heart, first and foremost.

    ~ A

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  21. Alejandra RamírezApril 23, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Great post Jane! Absolutely amazing! Loooove the close-ups!
    I think Catherine's photo is from her wedding

    Also I agree with your opinions on the dress, I'm not a fan of it :(
    She loooked great but not a fan
    Great photos too! :D George is sooooooooo cute!

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  22. As for pics of yourself, maybe the pic of him is for her and her for him. That does happen. My mom had pics of everyone. Pic of my dad when young, pic of herself when young, it never seemed odd. If it was a personal room, like an home office and only one person used it, then it would be weird to have pics of themselves all over. :)

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  23. Although I was very happy to see the inside on the palace, I'm quite disappointed with the decor, that central table is awful, the 4 (!) lampshades don't make any sense to me, that round table with bottles of vodka (?), the colors overall are a bit depressing in my opinion, anyway just too much, I think if you take half of the things out the room it would look much better. Not everything was bad of course, I like very much the paintings on the wall, the white and blue vessels over the stand, the aromatic candles and the painting of Princess Charlotte in her christening.

    About the dress, I didn't like either, is not bad, just boring, same for what Michelle Obama was wearing.

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  24. Hee hee Sandra we are almost opposites in our reactions. I loved almost everything about the room except the scented candle, I really dislike scented candles or air fresheners. Fresh flowers or live plants for me. The dress might have been quite pretty without the belt. I loved Michelle's outfit. And just as an aside how would anyone know if it was a scented candle, I use decorative candles that are scent free in my home.:)

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  25. Look to the right of the door. Does the table look familiar? Me thinks yes.....

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QF9Hutmsdyk/UeJFU0szq6I/AAAAAAAAAKA/s78wxrWldcw/s1600/The+drawing+room+of+Princess+Diana%2527s+Apartment+in+Kensington+Palace.jpg

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    1. How wonderful if it was Diana's. So nice that Kate is trying to include William's mom on her home.

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  26. I think it's very important that we keep in mind that that this room was certainly decorated/designed with the intention that it would be viewed by the public's eye, like the Queen's drawings rooms. I really don't think we can assume that this is how the rest of their house is decorated. I would imagine that most of the furniture, paintings, and even decorations are pieces that they were expected to showcase in rooms that could be viewed by the public. Probably a lot of it has been in the royal family for years.

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  27. Royalfan
    I am not up on all this. Do you mean the gold table? What is the link a picture of? Whose house? Ali

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    1. Ali, yes, the gold table. It's one of the photos published (unofficially) after Diana's death. It's the room where the boys were photographed playing the piano when they were very young.

      General side note here..imagine having photos like this released after your death. And William is too private? Too controlling?

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    2. royalfan 4:25-(blogger won't let me reply to you under your remark)
      I'll just say-excellent analogy, media/dog/bone. I suppose they want W&C to say "How high?" when they say "Jump!"
      I'd also compare them to the dog-with a bone.
      They think they have a tight grip on the bone and they're not turning loose anytime soon.
      anon 2:47

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  28. Jane, I, too, thought the photo on the piano looked like it could be in Egypt with the pyramids. Did a quick Google search, and a photo of Kate with Carole in Egypt from (it said) 1996 came up. Perhaps this photo with the pyramids could be from that trip?

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  29. I actually think that the photo in the green frame that may or may not have a pyramid in the background is actually William and Kate with her parents. But the man on the left looks kind of like Harry, so it's confusing, lol!

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  30. I love her dress--everything about it. I'm not sure if it's just the position of the belt, but in some of the pics I see baby bump... Little George is so cute--shaking Obama's hand.

    Belle

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  31. I am quite jealous of George. Who else could meet President Obama in pyjamas ?
    Kate's dress is so so for me. Too much length maybe. However, the pictures are precious ! An interesting engagement for sure.

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  32. In the postGeorge/ pre-dinner conversation on the couch, I like how Michelle looks very confident lounging back just a tad to convey a relaxed feeling. Kate is sweetly all "Downton-Abbey-never-use-the-back-of-the-chair". I'm betting she leaned back once the cameras left!

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  33. Not wowed by Apartment 1A as some of you are - don't get me wrong - it's cosy and luxuriant for sure - but if I didn't know any better, I would think that it could have easily have belonged in one of the Queen's residences rather than the Duke and Duchess - I also find the individual framed photos of William and Kate a bit strange and at odds with their usual style - perhaps they are their favourite photos of one another -otherwise that speaks to me of vanity which is not their style at all!
    I do like Kate's dress, again not wowed but do not overly dislike - to me it echoes a lot of the day style on the recent tour.. mid length, patterned loose and flowing.. oh to have been a fly on the wall at that dinner!

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  34. I completely agree with the points made by Jane and Robin about the photos - this is a public room and I bet the photos that have been put out reflect that. If anything, I was surprised to see the casual pyramids shot.

    The Daily Mail has suggested the photo of Kate was one from her wedding day.

    Seeing Kate and Michelle Obama next to each taught me something. Michelle totally colour-blocked and as I've commented at length on before, I'm not a colour-blocking fan. But, I really loved Michelle's whole outfit and it was certainly a lot better than what Kate put together for the evening. I also didn't mind the fact that Michelle colour-blocked because in general, she mixes and matches prints, patterns and colours a whole lot which suggests to me that she isn't hiding behind colour-blocking because she's not totally sure how to put together a more exciting outfit. And I kind of feel that maybe Kate colour-blocks because she is wary of doing something more daring and that, I think, is the crux of my issue with Kate's colour-blocking...

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  35. I love this dress! I actually had picked it out on the LK Bennett site during the India tour, thinking she would likely select this one so I was super excited to see her wearing it!! So cool to see inside the house!

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  36. The dress has a lovely flow and without the belt and tailored a bit would have been lovely. :) Love the room. Great great decoration of old and new, the paintings she pulled from the Royal Collection are incredible, great taste. I may not agree with Catherine's fashion choices all the time, but she has a wonderful eye for her paintings and home decor. Actually her clothes are great just not a style I would opt for, but I get what she does...just not what I would pull out. I am always fascinated that tall women often seem to go for lace and florals, and I a petit gal have no desire to go that direction and frankly I could wear all that lace and pattern and Catherine would be better served with more restraint in pattern and texture...Oh my...I have a sister in law who keeps sending me Christmas presents of lacy and floral stuff that I hate and I keep wanting to pull her 5 foot 7 frame out of the high collar floral lace stuff she wears. Our family now just sends restaurant coupons:)

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  37. The room is very simple and restrained. It feels very warm and intimate which is the feeling they wanted to give to photographers that this is a family home. Her dress reminds me of the her long dresses that she wore in India; very flowy. She probably felt very comfortable and relaxed and motherly in it. I'm sure she wasn't sitting around all day waiting for the Obamas. Her outfit would be easy to slip into and be welcoming in it.

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  38. a set of stamps showing the DoC and family

    http://www.jerseystamps.com/en/Shop/Detail?c=1606&r=%2F

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